Trayce Thompson – Steal of the Deal

With Andre hurt, Puig struggling, and Crawford now gone, it is a good thing the Dodgers pulled the trigger on the three-way trade that brought Thompson to the Dodgers. Frankie Montas was supposed to be the key to this deal and may still be, but right now Thompson has been the steal of the deal.  Given how moribund the Dodger offense has been, I can’t imagine what it would be without Trayce Thompson.

Cory Seager is getting most of the press for good reason, but his roommate Trayce Thompson is actually doing better work. Cory has all the home runs and a glittering OPS of .872 but Thompson has an OPS of .922 and it is Thompson who sits on the top of the NL Rookie OPS+ leaderboard.

Last night Thompson hit his second walk off of the year, but more surprisingly he hit it against a right hand pitcher. Coming into 2016 Thompson had shown the ability with the White Sox to hit left hand pitching but it was up in the air if he could hit right hand pitching well enough to be considered a full-time outfielder.  It is still early but Thompson is putting the big hurt on RHP so far in 2016.  In fact as of this moment Thompson has a consistent split against both RHP/LHP .

When I visited the Dodgers this spring, I mentioned on TBLA that Thompson was the best athlete I saw at camp. I think the only thing anyone can be disappointed about with Thompson is his less than stellar defense. He had a reputation as an above average outfielder, but with the eyes he seems average at best. Doesn’t get great jumps and his instincts seem a bit off.  But that is being trite.

Thompson has been great, so great I had to create a little National League Rookie leaderboard for him just to show how great.

Rookie NL Players with at least 100 at bats:

Player OPS+ PA Age Tm G HR RBI BB
Trayce Thompson 149 146 25 LAD 49 10 22 17
Corey Seager 137 257 22 LAD 59 14 35 22
Aledmys Diaz 135 211 25 STL 55 8 31 10
Trevor Story 111 253 23 COL 56 16 42 17
Jeremy Hazelbaker 108 128 28 STL 54 7 19 7
Brandon Drury 104 204 23 ARI 53 8 18 10
Mallex Smith 95 153 23 ATL 49 3 20 11
Tyler Goeddel 81 123 23 PHI 41 3 10 6
Ramon Flores 59 138 24 MIL 51 1 10 15
Tony Wolters 53 104 24 COL 31 0 11 12
Daniel Castro 17 121 23 ATL 40 0 4 6




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